U3A SurfCoast

U3A SurfCoast, a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, is part of the world wide U3A (University of the Third Age), network,  offering around twenty classes and activities during each school term. Courses cover arts, humanities, languages, science, exercise, lifestyle and computers, and include year-long classes, short courses and occasional lectures.

Currently U3A SurfCoast operates in Torquay and Anglesea and welcomes all retirees and gives a special welcome to people newly arrived on the Surf Coast.

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Classes start soon - have you signed up? 
Enrolments for Term 1 2018 are now open.  The annual membership fee remains at $60.00 for the year, and you can sign up for as many classes as you like (subject to vacancies, of course). Just go to the Courses page for more information. To enrol, log in with your member number and password if you are already a member, or go to 'Join U3A Surf Coast' if you are  joining us for the first time.​

For help to enrol online, go to the 'Join Us' page and click on the Enrolment Guide button. If you prefer to enrol in person, you can pick up an enrolment form at Spring Creek House (Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 3.30) and leave it at the office with your subscription in an envelope clearly marked with your name. The U3A office is open for enrolments on Fridays from 10.00 to 12 noon at Spring Creek House.

Stop Press:   Tai Chi is fully subscribed – you can register and put your name on the Wait List, but it is unlikely that there will be any vacancies. There are only a couple of places left for Yoga and for Australian History. There is also a Wait List for Creative Writing.
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Occasional Lecture

Our Term 1 Occasional Lecture is now listed, and you can sign up for the lecture by logging on to your account on the website  and going to the ‘Courses’ page.  If you have difficulty in registering, please send us an email (info@u3asurfcoast.org.au ) or pop your details into a message on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

The Occasional Lecture will take place on Friday 23 March at 1.30 at Lions Village (please note the starting time).  It will be presented by Dr Lynne Broughton from Cambridge University. Lynne presented one of our occasional lectures in 2016. We all thoroughly enjoyed her wonderful slides and the fascinating stories that she told - mostly relating to church architecture and artifacts.  We are indeed privileged to be included in Lynne's lecture program while she is visiting Australia. 

The lecture is titled  'Everything From Mouse to Monster: The Fascination of Medieval Churches'. Medieval churches were planned and decorated as 'microcosms' - portraying the entire created universe, both material and spiritual, in the form of architecture and all the decorative arts. This talk will illustrate something of the breadth of this vision.
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Ikebana Classes
​This popular course introduces participants to the elegant art of Japanase flower arrangements.  Because tutor Chris James will be overseas later in the term, we have made special arrangements for classes to commence on Thursday 1 February from 10.00 am until 12 noon at Lions Village, 12-16 Kooringa Place Torquay. Please phone Chris directly for more information - his number is 5261 3983.
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Positions Vacant 
We are delighted that Membership and Enrolments are now in the safe hands of a great team of volunteers.   We are still looking for some members to join the course planning team – it’s interesting work, and not too onerous. You can call Toni on 0419578598 to find out more.
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Do you like our new website?  You can 'talk' to us any time by going to the Contact Us page and sending your comments on the online form - much simpler (and more secure)  than sending an email.  You can also sign our Guestbook at the bottom of this page.
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U3A SurfCoast Stories

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ANGLESEA MORNING TEA:
On February 6th several U3a tutors and current students gathered to meet a number of prospective students to answer questions and lift the lid on what happens in our classes and activities.
Thanks particularly to Anglesea Committee member Mary Taylor, the morning was judged a great success with a number of new students enrolling with Marg Bath and others taking away information.
This event marks the beginning of our attempt to establish classes and activities in Anglesea, hopefully beginning in term 2. Stay tuned.

HIGH TEA:
On Monday February 19th there will be a High Tea(2 - 3.30pm ) to raise funds for the MOTHERS (Mothers Offering Time Hope Engagement Refugee Support) to support identified refugee families. More details at: http://www.torquaycommunityhouse.org.au/high-tea.html

LIVING & AGING GRACEFULLY:
You may be interested in this program operating for 3 weeks from the Community House.  It will cover the topics of Aging, Stress, and Living with Loss & Change.
Thursdays from March 1st, 9 - 11 am. More details at: http://www.torquaycommunityhouse.org.au/living-and-ageing-gracefully.html


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U3A Office Hours
Fridays
10.00 am - 12 noon

Spring Creek House
14 Price Street
Torquay Vic 3228
P: 0435 374 139
Term Dates 2018:
Term 1:  12 February to 29 March
Term 2:  23 April to 29 June
Term 3:  23 July to 21 September
Term 4:  15 October to 7 December